Monday, October 17, 2005

For what it's worth

Dottie Hinson: It just got too hard.
Jimmy Dugan: It's supposed to be hard! If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard... is what makes it great! Just ask any ironman. The hard is what makes it great.

Hard is taking a two hour tour on the tri bike in spite of fighting a yeast infection for a week just so you can get some more outdoor rides before the snow flies.

Hard is running on the way home from work after a long day just so you can train your body to run when it's already tired.

Hard is waking before the spouse, the kids and long before the sun to get in some yardage at the pool.

Hard is taking the training outdoors in the humidity, the wind, the horse flies, the cold, the wind chill, the ______fill in your own enviromental challenge.

Hard is being misunderstood by just about everyone who has never tri'd.

Hard is pushing the brain to positive when it just wants to quit.

Harad is what makes it great. What is your hard?


Cliff said...

tri mama,

I don't know how to send an email through your blogger but i see that one of your links need to be fix.

Pls take a look at "Two Thirds the Venture"

The http:// is repeated twice.


Wil said...

Hard is mile 20 - too far to quit, not far enough to count, and having to look down the throat of another hour of it.

Hard is being so scared that you think you're going to throw up, and somehow pushing "submit registration" button anyway.

This is likely one of my favorite of your posts. Thanks for putting it all out so clearly.

Tersie said...

I loved it!

Hard is having the courage to start training, even though if you told anyone that was what you were training for, they'd think you were being sarcastic or just plain lying.

Hard is convincing yourself you're worth the effort to keep going to the gym and trying to run even though you're afraid it's only going to hurt again.

Hard is swimming lap after lap even after your dear sweet teenage daughter just showed you up miserably - because practice makes perfect! :o)

Thanks sooo much for this post and the inspiration. It never gets easier, just more addictive, or so I see!

tarheeltri said...

Hard is when you are dressed to go for a long bike ride early in the morning and you are just about to step outside and your 2-year old wakes up and sneaks down stairs to catch you and says, "Daddy, can I come?"